“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own…” I Corinthians 6:19
My wife said the five dreaded words I have been hoping to avoid our entire marriage — “We should start working out.” Wait….what?!? Why? What did I do to deserve this? Apparently, there is this thing called running for fun. Yeah, I know. I had to look it up. Because it didn’t sound like a real thing to me either. I told her, “If you go running with me you better be prepared to walk…a lot.”
Crazy thing is, the more I did it the better I felt. The more weight I lost, and the longer I could run without my heart feeling like it would explode, the more it encouraged me to keep going. I still have my dad bod and I think that’s okay. I’m giving it all I have, today.
Your body is a fine-tuned machine that God created. He gave you the tools, the wisdom, and the resources to take care of yourself physically. Don’t worry about results, just do your best. All God wants is all you got today. It took you a while to get the body you have now so it will take a while to get the one you want. Stay focused.
He also gave you the tools to take care of yourself spiritually. Things like prayer, studying and memorizing His word, developing your talents, and listening to your exercise coach― the Holy Spirit. Use them. Start off simple and stay focused. Let God work in you as He works out His plan to use you.
God thank You for the wisdom and the resources you give to help me work out physical and especially spiritually. Please give me the strength and perseverance to not give up, and to press toward the mark. Thank you for your patience and Your love. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen
Go deeper: Do you treat your spiritual work out like a physical work out and become discouraged when you don’t see results as fast as you like? Who can you go to that can offer encouragement and tips to succeed?
Submitted by: Prescott Williamson
Prescott Williamson is a Bible believing Christian. He is a husband, a father, and someone who believes that there is a little humor to be found in whatever situation God sends your way. He was born in the small islands of the Bahamas but now lives in the Suburbs of Fort Worth Texas, which is basically the same thing. He enjoys TV, reading, blogging and serving in his church (especially on the days they serve donuts). You can see what I have been thinking about lately on my blog.